Minnesota vs Northwestern Prediction - Basketball Picks 1/28/23

Northwestern Wildcats (14-5) vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-12)

Game Info: Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 12:00 pm (Welsh-Ryan Arena)

Betting Odds: Northwestern Wildcats -12.5 -- Over/Under: 126 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Northwestern Wildcats face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at Welsh-Ryan Arena. When these two teams faced off last March it was Northwestern that secured the 75-62 victory. 

Minnesota Betting Preview

The Minnesota Golden Gophers come into this game with a 7-12 record and they have gone 8-10-1 against the spread. Even though Minnesota doesn’t have a ton of wins this season, this is a team that has been more competitive as of late. In the last game against Indiana, the defense gave up only 61 points, but the offense couldn’t do enough and they ended up losing by four points. The Gophers are averaging 62.2 points while their defense is giving up 66.9 points per game. Leading scorer Dawson Garcia missed the last game with an ankle injury and he’s questionable for this game. 

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Northwestern Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Northwestern who sits with a 14-5 record and they have gone 11-8 against the spread. Northwestern has won two games in a row, including the last game The offense scored 78 points against the Cornhuskers, and they were able to win by 15 points. Northwestern is averaging 69.3 points while their defense is giving up 61.1 points per game. The offense is ranked 239 while the defense is ranked 15th. Boo Buie is averaging 15.4 points while shooting 37.1 percent from the field and 28.8 percent from behind the three-point line. 

Minnesota vs Northwestern Trends

Minnesota is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games on Saturday. The over is 5-0 in the Wildcats last five games overall. The under is 8-2 in the Gophers last 10 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Northwestern’s last five games. 

Shane’s Free Pick

This Gophers team has been more competitive as of late, and even if Garcia can’t go, they are going to find success. In the last game Minnesota gave up only 61 points and they are going to lockdown in this game. Look for another big game from Jamison Battle, and Minnesota will cover the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Minnesota +12.5

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